Thursday, December 31, 2009

Hot Technologies of 2010

By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee

Which is the most popular English word for 2009? Don't be surprised if it turns out to be twitter. Yes, that is the impact the micro-blogging site Twitter has had on our lives in the last year. The start of the decade belonged to email which gradually gave way to messenger in the middle of the decade. The last two years had belonged to the Social Networking phenomena andn 2009 definitely belonged to Twitter. From celebrities to sports person and from businessmen to politicians all took to Twitter. Overnight it became a status symbol as popularity was being judged by the number of followers in Twitter.

Twitter certainly created the greatest noise in the year and the testimony to it's success is the fact that it did in a year when Microsoft came out with its latest OS Windows 7. Microsoft usually becomes the talk of the town but this year it was Twitter all around. But now as the year draws to a close people have a question in mind. If 2009 belonged to Twitter what will be the buzz word in 2010? There have been quite a few announcements of products and technologies which will be launched in the first year if the new decade. Some of the technologies to look forward in 2010 are:

Google Chrome OS
Nobody has taken Microsoft in its own den but the search engine giant seems to be in a mood to take the big daddy of technology head on. The Google Chrome Operating System is scheduled to be launched in the second half of 2010. The operating system is being designed from the ground up to run on the Chrome web browser on netbooks. Google says the software architecture will basically be the current Chrome browser running inside a new windowing system on top of the good old Linux kernel. This literally means that the web will be be the Operating System.

The search engine giant also claims that application will be develop by the users on the web. For example an user would run a text processing application from the web instead of his system. Chrome OS will be lightweight and fast just like the browser itself. Google wants to cash in on the fact that most people do not have the practical use for a heavy operating system and cloud computing will be a buzz word in the coming year. Although Chrome OS cannot be year termed as a 'Windows Killer' but coming from the Google it cannot be brushed under the carpet as well.

Apple iPhone 4G
If you thought iPhone 3G is ahead of its competitors Apple is planning to improve upon its current sensation and launch iPhone 4G in the summer of 2010. The iPhone 4G will come inbuilt with GPS navigation, 32GB of on-board storage, and a removable battery a feature which many iPhone users have wanted to see since the launch of the phone in 2007. The camera of the phone has also been upgraded to a 5 MP over the 2 or 3.2 MP camera found in previous iPhone models.

One of the features that the iPhone 4G is expected to come with is RFID or Radio-frequency identification which will be improved into what is being called as Near Field Communication. NFC is a communication method which can be used to bank payment over the mobile. Credit card companies are now looking for payment solutions for adding contactless payment cards to any mobile phone. After inserting the a storage card a user's phone can be linked to bank accounts and used in mobile payment.

Internet TV
Although the concept is old it hasn't quite picked up in the way it should have. 2010 might just prove to be a path breaking year for internet TV. By the year end majority of people watching television in the developed world will have signals via the Internet. Hulu, Boxee, Apple TV and Netflix are some of the pioneers in this field. In developing countries like India and China this trend is picking up. As the internet connections get faster in these countries there will be huge demands for television over the internet platform.

A paradigm shift with Internet TV will be the option to archive our favourite programmes which will work similar to any other medium of online storage. Accessing television on the internet has never been so simple, due to this usability of streaming services . Internet TV will also come with strict controlling measures similar to the ones on our normal television.

Cloud Computing
It has been a buzz word for quite some time and Cloud Computing may not just be one of the most popular terms for the coming year but for the coming decade. In cloud computing data and applications which currently reside on our desktops and laptops will instead be stored in the servers or the cloud. This will make our data accessible from anywhere in the globe and also enable collaboration and distribution.

The cloud movement will see a major leap forward in the first half of 2010 with the launch of Office Web Apps, free online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote released in tandem with Microsoft Office 2010. This is quite a revolutionary concept considering the fact that it comes from a company which runs more that 90% of the world's computers. Google's Chrome OS which will launch in the first half of the year will be giant step towards Cloud Computing.


Anonymous,  January 1, 2010 at 11:44 AM  

Guess u left out 3D TV..its makin its debut with FIFA world cup 2k1o and Sony TV.

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