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Most Anticipated Tech Products of 2011

CmdrTaco posted more than 2 years ago | from the i-like-new-stuff dept.

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adeelarshad82 writes "2011 is just around the corner, and with the new year comes expectations. Based on hype and recent announcements, PCMag put together a list of twelve most anticipated tech products of 2011. Some are new, like the technology to bridge Wi-Fi, PowerLine, and Ethernet or the 3D camcorders, which will let you create content for your 3D TV. Others will just carry over from what we anticipated in 2010 but never materialized like iPhone on the Verizon network or Phones with dual core processors."

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155 comments

Tablets (3, Interesting)

Sonny Yatsen (603655) | more than 2 years ago | (#34712774)

While I understand that Tablets are going to be the next big thing (according to tech journalists, anyway), is it necessary to have 3 separate categories for the RIM tablet, Honeycomb Tablets, and tablets in general?

Re:Tablets (5, Insightful)

RapmasterT (787426) | more than 2 years ago | (#34712834)

Yes. Otherwise the list of things to anticipate in 2011 would be much shorter.

Re:Tablets (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713022)

This way, the PlayBook, Android tablets and the iPad2 all get equal footing.

Re:Tablets (2, Funny)

grimJester (890090) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713040)

Top ten lists are so 2010.

Re:Tablets (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34713078)

That was on my Top Ten responses to this article.

Re:Tablets (1)

rrohbeck (944847) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713734)

Yes. My list goes to 11.

Re:Tablets (1)

Suki I (1546431) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713044)

Yes. Otherwise the list of things to anticipate in 2011 would be much shorter.

That was my answer and I will add, if there are no flying cars on that list I am not looking.

Re:Tablets (-1, Troll)

fyngyrz (762201) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713008)

Nah, all they really needed was one for iPad 2. I don't think there are a lot of people 'hotly anticipating" windows tablets (which don't work... windows simply isn't touch screen friendly) or android tablets (which are likely to suffer from the same thing android phones do: OS version fragmentation.) And the apps for the iPad... the scope is wide and the prices are reasonable (which is why my iPad is loaded with really cool apps.)

There's tons of room for improvement from the iPad. The iPad 2 could bring one or two cameras, an IR emitter, stereo mics, audio input, a real USB port, more memory, an I/Q wideband front end or dedicated AM/FM/TV tuner(s), faster CPU, faster graphics, higher resolution, card slots, bezel surgery (badly needed IMHO), cord-free charging, wireless sync, built-in stand, CDMA connectivity, a slide-out keyboard (unlikely, but would be welcomed by me, anyway.)

Apple seems to like to trickle out improvements, so the above could account for a lot of iPad versions. But they've pretty much sewn up the tablet market; everyone else is too little, too late. Barring some kind of huge surprise (for which there is no evidence at this time), the iPad 2 is, IMHO, not only the hottest anticipated tech for 2011, it's about the only hotly anticipated tech.

Well, you know, except for flying cars, an affordable Apple tower, AI, fusion, 3D printers that can incorporate working electronics, and the rest of the usual cast of things we're not about to get.

Re:Tablets (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713084)

(which are likely to suffer from the same thing android phones do: OS version fragmentation.)

They're likely to suffer from a competitor-purported myth while all running the same OS, video system, and packaging manager?

Re:Tablets (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713250)

If it's such a myth, why do the actual developers agree with the fragmentation statements? The Angry Birds developers are one of the more recent and high profile examples.

Re:Tablets (5, Interesting)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713466)

The squawking I always hear from these developers is that you never know your target, because everyone implements Android on a different platform with different amounts of CPU and RAM and sometimes there's a different set of system services running on it (like Motoblur etc) and so on. And also that some of them run 1.5, 1.6, 2.0. 2.1, 2.2.

So they are complaining that some machines have different specs... like just about every freaking computer out there. They also complain that there's more than 3 versions of Android, I guess, since there's 3 of iOS and I always hear that iOS is better about this. They also complain that other software might be installed (Motoblur is a software package Motorola installs).

Welcome to the world of embedded developers. It's a very specialized place, and when they meet something not so specialized they go apeshit. The problem is cell phones are general purpose computers now, not embedded devices.

Think about PC developers complaining about how their stuff might crash with Crossfire but not with 4 nVidia cards, even though this is supposed to be transparent. Or maybe it'll blow out on a specific AMD CPU combined with a specific VIA north bridge. Or a particular sound card gives troubles. How ridiculous does that seem? Oh and on top of it all, you might be running XP or Vista or Windows 7 now. The market is so fragmented, it's impossible to write programs for!

Re:Tablets (5, Insightful)

Altus (1034) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713590)

I think a lot of the problem isn't that embeded developers are developing for phones, its that desktop application developers are developing for phones but they now have to make an application that, just like thier desktop apps, has to support a variety of machines and OS's and specifications but they have to sell that application for a fraction of what they might charge for a desktop application.

The challanges are similar to the desktop and its possible that there is even more money to be made, but its difficult to make the decision to support a bunch of devices when you are going to sell your application for just a couple of dollars.

Regarding OS fragmentation, you are right that iOS has several verison, but unike android you can install the latest version on the iPhone you bought last year so developers can insist on the latest OS and still support all but the very first iPhone (support 2 OS's and you can cover everything). Since many android phones are locked down or require a special version of Android from the Phone manufacturer you end up having to support more OS's just to make sure your app works on more phones. I know this isn't a technical failing of Android but it is a factor in developing for the platform.

Re:Tablets (1)

I8TheWorm (645702) | more than 2 years ago | (#34714216)

Yup, Android fragementation is a carrier problem rather than a device/OS problem.

Re:Tablets (3, Insightful)

shadowfaxcrx (1736978) | more than 2 years ago | (#34714010)

Yes. This. Thank you. Amazing how this "fragmentation recipe for failure" has caused the PC to fail so badly that PC sales have blown Mac out of the water for *decades.*

Here's another way to look at it: If you don't like something about the iPhone, you buy an Android. If you don't like something about the Droid X, you buy a . . different Android. So if developers want to write for a single-device market, and not get sales from everyone on an Android phone, have at. Enjoy. Let us know how that works for you.

Re:Tablets (2)

I8TheWorm (645702) | more than 2 years ago | (#34714208)

As a mobile developer, I'll say Android fragmentation is the least of my concerns. Pick a line in the sand (2.1, 2.2) and write. Make sure your layers are % based rather than fixed width and form factor rarely matters.

The killer to me in mobile development is app stores with strange approval processes and delays. If you do actually get an app in the Apple app store, then fix a simple bug, you have to resubmit your app, and it may be weeks before they (hopefully) approve. Until then there's nothing you can do because users can't (well, without jailbreaking) sideload.

With Apple, Android, and Blackberry (with the exception of OS6), you can target a previous OS and expect backward compatibily, but you lose out on new features you may or may not need.

Re:Tablets (1)

magnusrex1280 (1075361) | more than 2 years ago | (#34714144)

The idea that Android fragmentation is a myth, is in itself a myth. Android fragmentation exists, and it's a problem. Does that mean I'm anti-Android? No. Some people don't make statements because they have an agenda, they make them because those statements are true. My biggest issue with Android hasn't been the fragmentation of versions, but when the various cellular carriers force-feed their own unwanted bloatware onto users. My own device has 5-8 carrier applications running at all times, and the default Android task manager doesn't even show them, so I can't kill them that way. I had to get a better task killer from the Market, and those apps start right back up after I kill them. It's decimating my battery life, and sucking up a fat chunk of my RAM. The fix for this is to Root it, but I upgraded from 2.1 to 2.2 before a root was available for my device, so now I either wait or downgrade back to 2.1.

Re:Tablets (1)

multisync (218450) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713638)

Nah, all they really needed was one for iPad 2. I don't think there are a lot of people 'hotly anticipating" windows tablets (which don't work... windows simply isn't touch screen friendly) or android tablets (which are likely to suffer from the same thing android phones do: OS version fragmentation.)

The one I'm "hotly anticipating" is the Playbook. 7" form factor, duo core processor, supports flash, HTML 5, multi-tasking, POSIX compliant QNX OS, WIFI and 3G (via tethering to your Blackberry, so no need for a second data plan), 3 MP camera on the front, 5 MP camera on the back, HDMI & USB ports, supports wireless keyboard. I don't know what the price on these things is going to be, but it's the only tablet coming to market that gets me excited.

Meh (1)

WED Fan (911325) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713384)

A huge list of Meh. 80% will be non-starter or failures on Tech Fails of 2011.

No Nintendo 3DS? (5, Interesting)

Daverd (641119) | more than 2 years ago | (#34712784)

It promises 3D without glasses! That sounds way bigger to me than a slightly better smartphone.

Re:No Nintendo 3DS? (2)

Renaissance 2K (773059) | more than 2 years ago | (#34712948)

The list is mostly tablets and smartphones.

Even if any one of those products manages to trump the Apple counterpart in features or specs, it won't matter. The brand recognition and loyalty that Apple carries negates any competitor superiority.

I agree with you. I'd rather see something that offers something I've never seen before over the "better, faster, stronger" wannabe of a device I've been using for a year now.

Re:No Nintendo 3DS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34713314)

Boring - why is this on slashdot? I know it's a weak time for news but....

wake me up in 2012!

Re:No Nintendo 3DS? (1)

OzPhIsH (560038) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713218)

I had the same thought: "Where is the 3DS?" Alot of people I know are interested in the 3DS, if not for the gaming, but just the allure of 3D tech without the glasses in general. I think we can all agree that the glasses are the main stumbling block for the low 3DTV sales. To leave this off but include the Playstation phone? I guess they're out there, but In a world of Android and iOS, I don't know a single person who is really interested.

Re:No Nintendo 3DS? (2)

EdZ (755139) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713504)

And its not even a Playstation phone! It's an Android 'gaming' phone: i.e. a regular android phone from Sony-Ericsson which replaces a slide-out keypad with a slide-out gamepad, and happens to run the Playstation app available for all other Android handsets [playstation.com] . If people are expecting a PSP phone, they're going to be sorely disappointed.

Re:No Nintendo 3DS? (1)

newcastlejon (1483695) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713882)

Disappointed? That's nothing new. We were promised a revolution - pah! - with the n-gage and what did we get? A taco.

3d camcorders? (0)

alen (225700) | more than 2 years ago | (#34712788)

my iphone is my camcorder

history has proved many times that cheap and mobile wins over single use and cool gee whiz tech

Re:3d camcorders? (2)

BradleyUffner (103496) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713056)

my iphone is my camcorder

history has proved many times that cheap and mobile wins over single use and cool gee whiz tech

Ahh the irony.

Re:3d camcorders? (1)

danbert8 (1024253) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713620)

Do I smell smoke?

3d Video, been here- See FinePix REAL 3D W1 and W3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34714264)

3D Camcorders? Fuji has had the FinePix REAL 3D W1 and now W3 out for 18 months. And it works nicely with the Sony 3D Bravia TVs and presumably the others. It does still and video and does it pretty well. How did PCMag miss it?

Now 3D video and still packed in with my iPhone 5 or next-gen Android, that would be handy because it is always there. :-)

Ten most anticipated things... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34712820)

Ten most anticipated things -- broken down into 10 pages for your reading convenience.

Re:Ten most anticipated things... (1)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713722)

The anticipation is killing me.

decent hardware webOS device (3, Informative)

tacroy (813477) | more than 2 years ago | (#34712826)

My one wish for 2011 (early 2011) is webOS on solid and fast hardware. I believe it is the BEST mobile OS but it is REALLY in need of some hardware to support it!

Re:decent hardware webOS device (2)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 2 years ago | (#34712894)

WebOS is a great design concept waiting for a sane and reasonable manufacturer.

I can only hope the post-Carly, post-Hurd HP is that place.

Re:decent hardware webOS device (1)

tacroy (813477) | more than 2 years ago | (#34712930)

What I am hoping is that HP in an effort to BUY marketshare, puts out a $900 device for $400. They have the cash, and could make a HUGE dent.

Re:decent hardware webOS device (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34713154)

Forget about it. HP is no longer a company capable of bold moves. Carly destroyed the company culture, and it should take at least 20 years for them to produce anything bleeding edge, assuming everything goes right.

Not just software... (1)

Junta (36770) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713520)

I think Touchstone is a fantastic thing to have baked into your platform strategy, *particularly* with the exposition feature opened up to third-party stuff.

It's the only platform I see that is feasible to build a blind-dock automotive application. Bluetooth pairs with stereo system, and GPS/Internet radio app auto-start when user just slaps the phone in the vicinity of a car-mounted touchstone. iPhone comes closest, but their docking is generally clumsy in cars (most of the time a cable coming out clumsily somewhere, best case a headunit that still requires relatively precise guidance to get in right.

Improved article technology (5, Insightful)

swanzilla (1458281) | more than 2 years ago | (#34712838)

I hope 2011 will bring us the technology to load twelve items on a single page.

Re:Improved article technology (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 2 years ago | (#34712996)

Just wait, one way you'll not only be able to load 10 items on a page, but it'll scroll if they don't all fit on screen! I can't wait until that's possible.

Re:Improved article technology (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34713034)

It already exists in Safari.

Safari reader not only declutters the page, it also merges multiple pages into a single continuous page.
http://www.apple.com/safari/whats-new.html#reader [apple.com]

Re:Improved article technology (5, Informative)

JustinOpinion (1246824) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713164)

The "Products & Technologies" are:

1. Verizon iPhone
2. BlackBerry PlayBook
3. Honeycomb Tablets
4. Even More Tablets
5. Chrome OS Notebooks
6. Phones with Dual-Core Processors
7. Mac App Store
8. Google TV: Take 2
9. Hulu for Magazines
10. Intel's Sandy Bridge and AMD's Fusion Processors
11. Sony PlayStation Phone
12. Net Neutrality Rules in Practice

In terms of subject areas, this is:

1. Smartphone
2. Tablets
3. Tablets
4. Tablets
5. Netbooks
6. Smartphone
7. Content Access
8. Content Access
9. Content Access
10. Processors
11. Smartphone
12. Content Access

The base technology (processors, etc.) is under-represented compared to hot product categories (tablets and smartphones). Clearly they were more focused on "products" (and "business models") and not so focused on new "technologies".

Re:Improved article technology (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713172)

It was actually 12 items on 13 pages, the first page was there to tell you that you had 12 pages more to go.

Duke Nukem Forever (5, Funny)

verbatim (18390) | more than 2 years ago | (#34712862)

Don't forget about DNF. It's supposed to come out in 2011. This year for sure!

Re:Duke Nukem Forever (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713020)

I was disappointed that it wasn't included. Perhaps they've been bitten and are now shy.

Re:Duke Nukem Forever (1)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713742)

The Do Not Fail registry is coming out in 2011?!
Where do I sign up?

Speaking of anticipation (1)

d6 (1944790) | more than 2 years ago | (#34712874)

I know it doesn't qualify as 'tech', but I thought of this [wikipedia.org] immediately.

"with an expected release date of 2011" :]

Re:Speaking of anticipation (1)

clone52431 (1805862) | more than 2 years ago | (#34712998)

What... not this [wikipedia.org] ?

Clone getting burned, again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34713730)

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1927208&cid=34713476

LMAO

Re:Speaking of anticipation (1)

Cid Highwind (9258) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713888)

Anticipating Linux on the Desktop is so 2001. Ubiquitous Android tablets are the new mobile equivalent of LotD.

Verizon iPhone? (1)

RapmasterT (787426) | more than 2 years ago | (#34712876)

How long are we going to beat that horse? Does that many people really care? Granted, an iPhone on a non-ATT network is automatically a better iphone, but the bloom is kind of off the iphone rose these days anyway.

And white? jesus christ...if it's black, we want a white one...if it's white, we want a black one.

Re:Verizon iPhone? (2)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713000)

How long are we going to beat that horse? Does that many people really care? Granted, an iPhone on a non-ATT network is automatically a better iphone, but the bloom is kind of off the iphone rose these days anyway.

Yeah, sadly, a Verizon-based iPhone will be a BFD. The bloom is so NOT off that rose for non-techies, which is the vast majority of people. And a lot of techies are into the iPhone as well. Wishing it weren't so doesn't make it not so. *sigh*

I'm more interested in a dual-core LTE-based phone with a big screen (4.3" like my EVO). Running Android, of course. :)

Re:Verizon iPhone? (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713220)

I am interested in when the hell are they going to put up 4g service nationwide so I can take advantage of the $10 mandatory extra data fee on my Epic on a regular basis instead of the rare occasions I visit New Orleans or Atlanta.

Re:Verizon iPhone? (1)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713302)

I am interested in when the hell are they going to put up 4g service nationwide so I can take advantage of the $10 mandatory extra data fee on my Epic on a regular basis instead of the rare occasions I visit New Orleans or Atlanta.

Well, it's in most metro areas at this point, I think. The real problem I have here in the Seattle area is that WiMax signals SUCK indoors. It's mostly pointless for the way and where I use my phone. Honestly, the EVO is a great 3G phone, aside from the battery life.

I'm definitely ready for a dual-core 45nm-based phone with LTE, as long as it has a big-ass screen. I couldn't use something with a screen as tiny as that of the iPhone now that I'm spoiled.

Re:Verizon iPhone? (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713046)

To be honest, white makes it look pretty hideously ugly. Sure that's not what I base my buying decisions on, but it seems fugly like those gen 1 iPods.

I'd better shut up about that before Steve focuses his reality distortion field on me.

Re:Verizon iPhone? (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713126)

Am I the only one immune to Steve's RDS and the only not-gay person immune to this girl's sweet, impossibly-blood-boiling begging and flirting? (I have a friend that can basically get any guy to do anything, she has her own reality distortion field... oh it gets my blood moving alright, but it doesn't distort my judgment ... various tech presenters get the same thing these days: a look from me and a lot of interest, but a critical eye looking for the eventual letdown).

Re:Verizon iPhone? (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713716)

Am I the only one immune to Steve's RDS and the only not-gay person immune to this girl's sweet, impossibly-blood-boiling begging and flirting? (I have a friend that can basically get any guy to do anything, she has her own reality distortion field... oh it gets my blood moving alright, but it doesn't distort my judgment ... various tech presenters get the same thing these days: a look from me and a lot of interest, but a critical eye looking for the eventual letdown).

I'm not sure what you're trying to say. Are you telling us you're not gay? (Thanks, I suppose, kept me up all night wondering about it). That you manage to not turn into a testosterone fueled blob of manliness at the sight of a pretty girl? (Ditto.)That Steve Jobs 'isn't your type'? (Really, some things should just be left as secrets.)

Oh, you don't want a white iPhone! Ahh... There's the rub!

Well, I don't want one either.

So there....

Re:Verizon iPhone? (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713996)

Yes I'm trying to insinuate that white iPhones are for liberal arts degree faggots that don't like pussy. Genius.

Re:Verizon iPhone? (-1, Flamebait)

MichaelKristopeit345 (1967646) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713286)

who is "we"?

you are NOTHING.

cower behind your chosen pseudonym some more, feeb.

you're completely pathetic.

Depressing (3, Insightful)

javelinco (652113) | more than 2 years ago | (#34712878)

If this is the exciting tech for 2011, I have to admit - I'm a bit depressed. Luckily, we rarely know at the beginning of the year what'll actually be big the next year. More tablets, gaming phones, and processors really just isn't that exciting, however.

Re:Depressing (2)

mlts (1038732) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713306)

I agree with you. If it was an advance in phones, I'd like to see more storage space, or even SDXC support so when 64 and 128 GB MicroSD cards come out (there are SD cards out with this capacity, but not MicroSD), the device can easily handle that.

Some things I would like to see in 2011, instead of more tablets:

1: A hard disk controller that can autotier. This way, it can have 4-5 standard hard disks in RAID6 configuration, as well as a SSD, and blocks of data that are often used get dropped on the SSD.

2: A consumer level tape drive that has modern capacities. Even if it means having a SSD [1] for storing data temporarily until it gets streamed to the tape to slow down the incidence of shoe-shining.

3: Significant price drops on SSD technology.

4: US Internet infrastructure improvements. Shouldn't we have 100gbs wireless mesh networks in all metropolitan areas by now, instead of getting mobile plans changed so we pay $10 a gig for already slow wireless connections?

5: Other operating systems than Windows have BitLocker-like functionality so they too can boot using a TPM chip for key storage without needing a password on IPL.

6: A wholesale move to LTE-Advanced, so it doesn't matter which carrier you use, just swap SIM cards into your device.

7: A new HDD design specifically built for libraries. Use the same 2.5" platters, but have a different enclosure for the platters, head, and controller that is made specifically for automated changing in and out of a library, not to mention the ability to slap barcodes on. The result of this would be the advantages of disk (random access), with tape's advantages (resistance to physical damage, long archive life, etc.) If not a HDD design, then a standard robot-friendly enclosure for 2.5" or even 3.5" drives that is used by multiple vendors, with a read-write/read-only switch on them.

[1]: Ideally an AES-256 encrypted SSD that uses transitory keys in RAM, so when the tape transaction is up, it forgets the keys (overwriting the DRAM locations multiple times), then generates new ones for the next transaction. This way, old data isn't still accessible even if the tape is secured.

Re:Depressing (2)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713736)

You sure put a high bar up for next year. I'm just looking for the Higgs Boson. That'll be enough.

No more 2010 or 2011 articles (1)

aethelwyrd (1410845) | more than 2 years ago | (#34712880)

Especially super crappy ad heavy or flash based ones.

Fleshlight with lab grown skin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34712888)

woot

White iPhone (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 2 years ago | (#34712892)

OMFG, I just have to have it in white! When will Steve Jobs figure out how to make white plastic?

Dual core cell phone ? (4, Insightful)

DarkOx (621550) | more than 2 years ago | (#34712936)

Really why would that be an anticipated product. To the end user it should mean nothing. The only time multiple cores is better is when the power use / price / performance ration of a single core system has reached a maximum for the current capabilities of a single core. In the case of phones usually you are optimizing for performance / power use. I think we can still get more umph out of building a better core than adding more cores at this stage. Unless you scheduling is teh 5ux0r its still just as good a user experience if apps are otherwise properly threaded as N cores for smallish values of N and if apps are not properly threaded its a better experience.

Re:Dual core cell phone ? (4, Insightful)

mlts (1038732) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713082)

If the cores are different, it may be useful. Say a phone has two low power/low speed cores, one core dedicated to the radio, and two cores that have high speed/power. This would make the phone useful. When playing games, it could have one or both high speed cores running, but when just idle and sitting there, it could just be using one low-speed core for the OS and background apps.

The advantage about cores is that for devices which run a number of separate discrete tasks, it provides smoother performance. To boot, cores can be turned on and off for further power savings.

This isn't to say a fast, single core CPU is a bad thing, especially if it had the ability to power off or throttle back clock speed for battery savings. However, it might be easier for engineers to design a dual core system where one core is optimized solely for power savings and the other for performance as opposed to try to make one core do the whole show.

Re:Dual core cell phone ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34713326)

They don't have to be different. One core can be allocated to the OS and background tasks, while the other core can be used for the currently open program. This is pretty much how most people benefit from dual-core desktop machines.

(Of course, I'm not saying one should use this heuristic core allocation algorithm. I'm just claiming it's the typical usage scenario that increases responsiveness and justifies having two cores.)

Re:Dual core cell phone ? (1)

DarkOx (621550) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713374)

I had not thought of that. I agree if the cores have different functions / feature sets that are not always needed at the same time, that could be a useful approach, it would be innovative in terms of cellular handsets and probably worthy of anticipiation.

Re:Dual core cell phone ? (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713406)

If the cores are different, it may be useful. Say a phone has two low power/low speed cores, one core dedicated to the radio, and two cores that have high speed/power. This would make the phone useful. When playing games, it could have one or both high speed cores running, but when just idle and sitting there, it could just be using one low-speed core for the OS and background apps.

Isn't this pretty much the way cell phones already work? One extremely low power standby mode, and one active mode. I seem to remember that was talked about when the Atom was introduced and they said it was way too power hungry in idle mode, that cell phones already had idle power in the <<1 W domain and had specialized on this for years. I'm guessing more cores would only matter between the "simple" active mode and entertainment mode. The limiting capacity will still be the battery, the dual core will just let you use it up much faster.

Re:Dual core cell phone ? (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713508)

faster battery use is not something to strive for. Its a pain in the ass to keep charging my Epic. It lasts about 3 hours of heavy use, about 6 of light use or less than 30 hours of nothing but standby.

Besides that, the biggest power sinks on a smartphone are the screen and radio (especially 4g), not the processor.

Re:Dual core cell phone ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34713976)

So the new thing here would be to have these in one processor but different cores, instead of having different processors for them. Smartphone generally already have one processor running the GSM stack and one general purpose processor, which runs the applications etc. They may already be in one "package", i.e. integrated processor for the GSM stack w/ other stuff, but so what...

Re:Dual core cell phone ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34713926)

While I agree that the radio+CPU idea sounds good, why not just buy ready-made radio chips from people with the fabs to make them and do all the R&D on them? You certainly wouldn't use a GP CPU for radio because software radio - as I understand it - is valued more for flexibility than anything else and would probably be trounced by an ASIC in the same way that most things are (i.e. radio, DSP, GPS etc.)

But five cores? I don't think we'll need that much muscle for a while yet - certainly not in 2011.

Re:Dual core cell phone ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34713568)

Until I got my first multi-core CPU computer, the most responsive computer I ever used was an 800 MHz dual processor computer I had a long time ago. Later computers I owned could certainly crunch numbers faster, but they were less responsive. The UI never lagged on the dual processor computer even if operations took longer in the end. If you're running more than one thread at all, a second processor makes for a better user experience.

Re:Dual core cell phone ? (1)

whiteboy86 (1930018) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713630)

The second core is for the big brother.

Re:Dual core cell phone ? (1)

rrohbeck (944847) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713774)

Agree. Some phones are underclocked already, running at 800MHz while the processors are spec'd at 1 or 1.2GHz, to save battery life. Unless you want more gaming there isn't much use for additional CPU power in phones.

Year of Linux on the Desktop!! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34712970)

Huh. They forgot to mention it.

Re:Year of Linux on the Desktop!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34713202)

Wasn't that a couple of years ago already?

The funny fact is that some people didn't see it. It's like the jews who missed the christ and still await their messiah.

Re:Year of Linux on the Desktop!! (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713266)

Not sure why I'm responding to an AC who's responding to another AC, but with somewhere around 2% of US desktops running Linux, it's not exactly as widespread as some slashdaughters would hope. Ubuntu et al are good solid replacements for many users for XP, but it's nothing compared to the runaway success of Android.

Re:Year of Linux on the Desktop!! (1)

loufoque (1400831) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713666)

Thankfully the US is only 3% of the world.

Re:Year of Linux on the Desktop!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34714310)

Looks to me like we'll be calling it the year of Linux on the PS3. You can almost bet that whatever hardware supports the liberated console is going to sell well.

this 1s gOatsex (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34713032)

fu3ling internal

They missed my #1 anticipated item (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713048)

Diablo III

Seriously - I've only really liked a handful of games over the past decade+: StarCraft1, Diablo2, Civ III, UT2004. But I'm really looking forward to Diablo III. I think it will definitely enter my small personal Pantheon of beloved, replayable games.

Extra features most anticipated in phones (4, Funny)

rossdee (243626) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713156)

Hand warmer
lock deicer
car battery charger/jump starter
Hair drier
snow blower
fish finder
microwave oven
humidifier
coffee maker

and built in toilet

Re:Extra features most anticipated in phones (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34713598)

This has been done before... [pomegranatephone.com]

Re:Extra features most anticipated in phones (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34713800)

Next version of the pomegranate phone [pomegranatephone.com] has all of these features.

Re:Extra features most anticipated in phones (1)

newcastlejon (1483695) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713956)

I'd settle for bluetooth that actually works on my iPhone. C'mon, Apple, would it really hurt to just have OBEX? Please?

I mean, I can live without FM radio but it sure would be nice to be able to receive videos from people who are even more apathetic about mobile email as I am.

Captions (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713188)

I'm anticipating a new technology where a PC Magazine slideshow will finally be able to include captions with its images.

In that bright future, we won't have to speculate regarding what we're looking at.

Re:Captions (1)

bruce_the_loon (856617) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713376)

They were on the top right side.

Tablets, Tablets Tablets (1)

Stevecrox (962208) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713248)

Am I the only one looking forward to seeing the first proper Meego Phone? I've been putting off buying my next phone until I can have a play with one.

We have people thinking Microsoft will release desktop windows for ARM.

Lastly we've got colour e-ink finally making it's way on to the scene.

What's on their list? A White iPhone, Tablets and Chrome OS tablets.

Anal Intrusion Device (0)

threaded (89367) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713264)

Karma to burn babies!

"hulu for magazines"?? (1)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713290)

Isn't "hulu for magazines" commonly called 'the world wide web'?

Re:"hulu for magazines"?? (1)

Domint (1111399) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713868)

I was thinking the same thing . . . any reputable magazine already has a web presence - why would I need Hulu to navigate to http://www.some-magazine.com/ [some-magazine.com] for me?

It's odd... (1)

virgnarus (1949790) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713328)

How the article gives somewhat 'honorable mention' to the innovative techs like the 3d camcorder and yet the main presentation ends up being a mishmash of iphone/ipad successors.

Apple App Store (1)

InlawBiker (1124825) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713334)

So turning a software free market into another Apple walled garden is an advantage? Maybe they should call it "Apple Genuine Advantage."

Commentary.. (2)

Junta (36770) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713462)

Verizon iPhone, not my thing, but I get it.

Blackberry Playbook, most interesting aspect is blackberry ripped off WebOS gestures/display for multitasking. However, I am generally skeptical that Blackberry can get out of their niche of mostly business only, they spent way too long with a behind-the-curve platform.

Honeycomb, will see, but I don't see how people get excited over a "we'll get it right *this* time" promise.

If they were going to say 'tablets', they could've skipped Blackberry and Honeycomb. I personally still don't get the tablet fuss and wonder if it is destined to be a dead fad. I would be more excited over phones with glasses display and 'Kinect' like controls, though I really like tactile feedback. Done right that gives 'bigger' personal experience with increased convenience and privacy.

ChromeOS, I view as a dead-end. They should have focused more on enriched Android as a common platform. I don't think Google's name will salvage a concept even more limited than the Linux-only netbook attempts that did not do so well in the market.

Dual-core phones, I wouldn't mind *but* I don't know the power draw difference expected. Memory has hurt my experience more than processor.

Mac app store, please don't be *eager* for that. Why seek more and more ongoing draconian control over the product you purchase?

Google TV falls under the Honeycomb category, "this time it will be better" with no substantive evidence is not the makings of interesting news. Generically saying improved internet enabled TV, maybe. I personally treat my display as a dumb display and prefer the 'smarts' to be small, relatively inexpensive changeable parts.

Hulu for magazines. I think a magazine company might dream of a day where the magazine model dominates, but I just don't see that happening. A web presence in which articles are published as they are ready (not waiting for the next publish date) and adaptive formatting is well-established means e-magazines don't make a whole lot of sense.

Sure, Intel and AMD tech refreshes belong there.

I suspect the playstation phone will be more n-gage than DS. Nintendo 3DS is probably a more 'sure thing' for this sort of slot.

Will see if the net neutrality stuff has any impact. Most commentary I saw was that it was enough to give some annoyance to carriers, but not enough teeth to actually do anything.

I would be willing to be wowed by a second-chance WebOS set of devices. I loved so much about the Pre (WebOS, plug-free 'dock' that can be detected by software, remarkably malleable to consumer manipulation with blessing of vendor). If they did have a portrait slider & keyboardless phone to flesh out their portfolio, that could be exciting. Too bad I don't have hopes of more than just Android and iPhone long term in the mobile market.

3D Skype (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34713486)

Some newer 3D TVs support Skype video calling (with their own USB camera attached). IE: Samsung UN55C8000.

What I would like to see is some support for 3D skype video on these 3D enabled TVs.

With a little be of hacking I sure someone would quickly offer live interactive 3D porn on some of these 50+ inch 3D displays. Almost like leaving your mom's basement!

My COCK! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34713550)

What's cuming to your local store in 2011?

My cock!

You'll want to cuddle up and sleep with my cock at night, or give it to your boss when you score that big promotion. Give my cock to your grandparents or local priest. Stick it in your mouth to help quit smoking or give your girlfriend or wife my cock today and she'll get a night she won't soon forget. Get my cock and change your life for the better (cuming this spring 2011).

Halographs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34713584)

I, for one, will be over the moon when halographs come out; www.lucid-code.com/Halographs. Apparently, "It's like getting a personal visit from God."

Open diplomacy (1)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 2 years ago | (#34713682)

The most anticipated product of tech for 2011, IMHO, is this "open democracy" and "open society" thingie.

Basic phone that will do wifi tethering (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#34713706)

yeah yeah, I can get a 3G dongle; that's another device (to lose), another line (to pay for), and it only works for my laptop, not my iPod Touch.

All the wags who have told me about various inexpensive smartphones that I can tether with -- don't bother telling me again. The truth is, I don't want a smart phone AND an iPod Touch. My Moto RAZR is the perfect size. All the smartphones are bigger. Do not want.

Most of the time I don't carry my iPod and/or don't want to carry my laptop---

But when I do, I want to be able to use the internet on them with the one device I'm already carrying with me -- my phone.

And those deck-of-cards-size myfi devices are nearly as bad as a 3G dongle -- did I already mention that they're as big as a deck of cards?

Why not just get an iPhone and ditch the iPod you ask? Obviously it's on AT&T, another thing I do not want.

Maybe when I can get a myfi device that's no bigger than a gumstix that might be good enough, although the iPod is still too big---

That's not how Verizon iPhone will look! (1)

harlows_monkeys (106428) | more than 2 years ago | (#34714350)

One thing we can be sure of is that a Verizon iPhone won't look like the one in their picture. What were they thinking putting a Verizon label on the phone itself?

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