2001: A Closer Look
More users than ever expect that there will always be an Internet connection back to the home. Technologies like home alarm systems, webcams, content-serving devices (like Slingbox) and remotely programmable DVRs continue to require and drive demand for high-capacity, always-on home broadband connections.
• Don’t Show Me the Money
In the past few months, rumors and news from the CE world suggest that mobile payments via smartphone are poised to explode in the next two to three years. Now that U.S. wireless carriers have announced plans to begin supporting mobile payment features in their handsets, the technology should only be a year or so away from the trial phase and three to four years from more extensive deployment.
• Faster Than a Speeding Laptop
Smartphones may be a few years away from replacing your wallet, but what if they could replace your laptop? Devices like Apple’s iPad and the Motorola Droid X have begun to re-define what consumers see as a computing device. “Superphones” like the Droid X and Samsung Galaxy S contain enough horse power to do just about everything a netbook can currently do.