Monday, December 22, 2008

Technet: Tech Annual Review

"Smartphones got smarter, Web browsers battled as only Web browsers can, more movies moved to online distribution, and tiny notebooks made a big impact. Here’s Edward C. Baig’s take on the year that was, tech-wise
There was no landslide winner as the most important tech product of 2008. But amidst the most challenging economic storm in decades, you could make a case for viable candidates.

Smartphones, especially Apple’s (Nasdaq: AAPL) Consolidate Mac Servers. Run Windows Server on your Mac. Watch a Demo or Download a Trial. Latest News about Apple iPhone 3G Latest News about 3G, got smarter, buoyed by the brand-new iTunes App Store.

Portable and inexpensive laptops, dubbed "netbooks," got smaller, cheaper and more ubiquitous.

There were innovative, if imperfect, new Web browsers from Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Latest News about Microsoft (Internet Explorer 8), Mozilla Latest News about Mozilla Foundation (Firefox) and, most notably, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Latest News about Google (Chrome).

And Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) Latest News about Netflix, the company that built a business shipping DVDs by mail, began letting you instantly stream movies on a whole bunch of hardware components — from a clever US$100 box from Roku to certain Blu-ray players.

Blu-ray itself was something of a story, if only because 2008 began with Hollywood choosing it as the preferred format for next-generation high-definition DVDs. For all the predictions about digital distribution of entertainment winning out long term — Netflix being one example — physical media will stick around for a while. By the end of the year, Blu-ray players were heavily discounted. I found one for less than $200 on Black Friday and would like to see prices drop even further.

Looking Back, Looking Ahead.."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I predict Nokia will have a must have product 10x better than the iphone.

What do you think? There HAS to be someone else that comes up with the mobile device du jour.

100mm into palm by elevation. There HAS TO!