2006 Technology predictions

Happy new year everyone! In the spirit of the new year, Technology Evangelist has ten predictions for 2006:
1 A new super-virus will be released on the Internet that will wreak havoc on Windows based systems. This virus will be bad enough to bring entire legs of the Internet to a crawl. We’re not talking about your average every-day virus, we’re talking about a massive virus the likes of which we have never seen and will cost corporate America billions.
2 BluRay and HD DVDs will finally hit the market with much fanfare, but at a very steep price. While the early adopters will all grab on to a format, most consumers will ignore this until there is more HD content available.
3 Windows Vista will actually be released.
4 Apple will release a HDTV living room solution. Maybe based on iTunes, maybe not, this system will allow users to download HDTV shows and movies legally and play them on their Macintosh via their Front Row application. Just plug your Intel based Mac Mini into a HDTV, and download away. While iTunes allows you to download videos today, they are only 320×240, we’re talking 1080i or 720p+ quality here.
5 Free WiFi hotspots will start cropping up everywhere as retail owners find this is an easy way to get repeat business.
6 To compete with Windows Mobile 5, Palm will release an all new Treo, above and beyond the Treo 700w, based on a Linux version of the Palm OS. This will be a completely new system that will give Windows Mobile a run for its money; however, the momentum behind Windows Mobile 5 will continue to climb.
7 Intel will produce a 64 bit chip that actually beats the x86 AMD systems in price, performance and power (as in lower power consumption). I know, it’s a long shot, but you never know.
8 A VoIP war will be raged between Microsoft, eBay/Skype, Google/AOL, and the traditional VoIP providers such as Vonage. We will see a lot of innovative features, the least of which is video. Expect to start getting WebEx type functionality in these applications.
9 Applications will continue to move to the web, try Writely, Bloglines and Yahoo Mail and they will become more integrated – think OnlineOffice – so that users can access their data from their Handhelds, Tabnotes, and Media Center PC’s: The web will fundamentally disrupt every industry, while we have heard this before, it will truly happen in Web 2.0.
10 After Technology Evangelist offers HDTV coverage of CES, the traffic to this site will become so large that we will be forced to upgrade to a new pimped out XServe from Apple. Maybe even two clustered together.
What are your predictions for 2006?

6 thoughts on “2006 Technology predictions”

  1. 2006 Windows Mobile Predictions

    There seems to be a whole bunch of predictions about Windows Mobile for 2006. I’m going to keep them altogether in this post and just add to it as I find them. If you have your own predictions, feel free to post them in the comments!
    The first …

  2. I am not sure if both blu ray and HD dvd will both hit the market, I think that in order to be viable one will have to win out and both sides know it. the problem is that while both sides fight it out, there are better solutions coming down the road that are starting to look more and more attractive to consumers. Because in the end if the consumers don;t by it, neither of these solutions will work.

  3. Hi Ed,
    Here are the Differences ??????? between SednaSpace and Ning:
    1.SednaSpace gives you the code download option for the application you define online into various technologies , such as Asp.Net , C# ,Oracle and MS SQL Server.
    -Ning supports PHP and Object DB only. No codes download option.
    2.SednaSpace allows you to design your screens online the way you want as it has a flexible online editor.
    -Ning does not have an editor.
    3.SednaSpace offers Security ??????? as User and roles for Page, Actions(insert,update,delete,Select), Row, Column levels for the applications you define online.
    -Ning does not provide these I believe.
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    –Ning does expect you to be a PHP programmer , or take help from others.
    5.SednaSpace gives many options for the users to make use of the application they create online. Such as Code Download , Meta Data Download (near Future release) and use as a hosted application.
    –Ning has only hosted option to give to its users.
    6.SednaSpace is a virtual global development platform. You can invite any user to work with your application while you design your application online.
    –Ning does not have this feature.
    7.SednaSpace gives users freedom to be independent of SednaSpace once they download the code for the application.
    –Ning does not have that feature.
    8.SednaSpace has its rich functions such as count , Sum , Sort , group by , Average, Min, Max , Query , Search , Look-up, Pop-up , auto combo loading and much more.
    –Ning may not be having these features.
    9.SednaSpace has followed Ajax techniques for data fetch.
    –Ning expects the PHP programmer to implement AJAX
    Ed, You are welcomed to clarify more on this. Thanks.

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