Tablet fever

As we mentioned here on more than one occasion, CES was overrun by the tablet sensation. As was widely reported, CES had more tablets that one could shake a stick at. This morning at breakfast a client asked me where I thought technology was heading and these types of phenomenon make it such that you don’t need a crystal ball or be some techno-luminary to decipher this code: the desktop is dead and the laptop is circling the drain. To add to this Apple is cranking out new processing paradigms, Google is releasing an OS that is a ground-up

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4G is here and poised to blow us all away

That is what Verizon’s chairman/CEO Ivan Seidenberg said recently at CES. He is clearly referring to the impact that the proliferation of 4G networks will have on media companies and their ability to deliver content to anyone, anywhere, at ridiculous speeds. As app makers, this makes us very happy too. The unfortunate side of this is that while this is undoubtedly true, history tells us that it is going to take a bit to roll out. This means that I might have to buy a few more versions of the iPhone prior to having the experience I am envisioning.

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CES trends to watch

There is a plethora of CES related news out there but the top line stuff that is of extreme interest is pretty simple. One, tablets. Oh my goodness tablets. Literally everywhere. Everyone under the sun is making a tablet. It would seem the folks who previously panned this as a big iPod Touch were indeed off. Namely, PC World here. Second is internet TV’s. It sounds reasonable seeing as it is in the top spots for time-sucking in our lives. If I can look up anything, anytime on my phone, why not my TV. Third is apps. Again, we

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PalmPad – the latest iPad killer

Trade shows are always interesting. Regardless of industry each trade show has hundreds of booths from companies you know and companies you don’t. All of them however typically share a theme each year. As you walk from one booth to the next you hear hundreds of variations on that theme; how they do it better, how they do it faster, what makes them the best. This year’s CES is absolutely going to be about tablets. It would seem that Palm is coming out with one that appears to be pretty cool. The PalmPad is going to run their WebOS

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Google and Verizon teaming up

One thing everyone will have to thank Apple for is getting the ball rolling; over and over and over again. This time we are talking specifically about the iPad. Six months ago everyone knew tablets existed, thought about them a bit, but scoffed largely at the commercial viability of them. In other words no one was taking the plunge, at least not in the massively public spectacle way that Apple has done of late. So no what? Easy, everyone needs to make a tablet, and now. We now get to read all about “iPad killers” for the foreseeable future.

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