Giga Information Group, a global technology advisory firm, believes some exciting new technology advances might be the “next big thing” that will “dramatically alter the way we work” — and Apple is mentioned in the picture as an influence on design. According to Giga, technology advances on the horizon that Giga predicts might be the “next big thing” include:
The Post-Modern PC, that is, more powerful, easier-to-use systems. “As performance has become less important, desktop real estate more dear and Apple more visible, the move to differentiation through design is moving to companies like Dell and Gateway,” said Giga Vice President Rob Enderle. “IBM’s prototype Meta Pad, the Tablet PC and emerging companies like ClearCube have all helped compel the market to look beyond the ‘ugly white box.'”
Voice browsing. Giga believes the high growth in the mobile work force and emergence of multi-modal applications will accelerate the adoption of the voice Web interface as the alternative browser.
Great strides for wireless: Ultra wideband (UWB) wireless promises speeds up to 100Mbps, the ability to look through walls and to coexist with current wireless technologies without interference. Giga thinks it has lots of promise (including the potential to replace Bluetooth for cell phones).
Secure mobility: “Integration of mobile management software with mobile security software will bring some software vendors great success, and others extinction,” noted Giga Vice President Steve Hunt.
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