Top 5 of what to come for 2013 in Tech

Consumer tech 2013: Can’t-hardly-wait product launches

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Call it the Apple effect: Technology vendors of every kind have learned the value of generating just enough speculation about their future releases to keep customers and industry observers entertained. After a year that saw the launch of the iPhone 5Windows 8 and myriad other gadgets, it might seem like 2013 has a big act to follow.

However, there are a slew of possible breakthrough products on deck in the next 12 months. I’ve chosen the five I think could cause much of the chatter, online and off, and what their prospects are.

The launch: BlackBerry 10 (BB10)

The buzz: It’s as though RIM is expected to close its doors if its next OS update and related devices don’t knock it out of the park when they are unveiled on Jan 30. If nothing else, the dire problems the company has faced over the last few years have given this launch more attention and potential hype than might otherwise be expected from the BlackBerry maker.

The reality check: BB10 will almost certainly draw mixed reviews, but with markets outside of North America still showing strong demand for BlackBerry phones, RIM has more time on its side than most people realize.

The launch: Firefox OS

The buzz: The open source Mozilla Foundation has reportedly been working on a project code-named Boot to Gecko which will do a better job than existing operating systems of moving between applications that reside on the Web and files on a user’s system.

The reality check: Decidedly geeky, this launch may raise questions about whether the world really needs another OS, but that’s what some people said about browsers until Mozilla released the first version of Firefox.

The launch: Google Project Glass

The buzz: There’s no official date set for a wearable computer that consumers will be able to purchase, but the developer version is expected sometime in 2013 with a price of around $1,500, based on hints dropped by the search engine giant’s co-founder, Sergey Brin.

The reality check: This is by far the most out-there product that could arrive in the next year, and will likely drive more discussion than actual consumer demand. Kind of like the Segway a few years back. There is no compelling reason for Google to push this out early, and given how long Gmail was in beta, expect the company to take it slowly.

The launch: Amazon’s smartphone

The buzz: Reports say Foxconn has been contracted to manufacture the devices, which have not been confirmed by the online retailing giant. If the rumours are true, expect Amazon to duke it out primarily on price, as it did when it entered the tablet space with the $200 Kindle Fire machines.

The reality check: For Amazon, it’s all about using the devices to sell more stuff, as opposed to Apple’s desire to create a unique experience. If Amazon’s smartphone can surf, ease purchasing and share recommendations more easily than an iPhone, it’s got a shot at a long-tail niche market.

The launch: iTV

The buzz: The only things we know for sure is that Steve Jobs talked about television as a market he wanted to upend the way he did the music industry with iTunes. There are the usual rumours – will it be between 42-55 inches in screen size? – but most blogs and news sources suggest this one will come closer to the end of 2013, perhaps in time for a Christmas splash.

The reality check: The iTV has a lot of question marks around it. Apple fans are probably better off looking forward to more likely launch scenarios involving a MacBook Air with retina display and perhaps an iPhone 5s.

Of course there will be more. Microsoft may release its own smartphone. Facebook might release its own smartphone. Maybe we’ll all release our own smartphones. But good luck pulling the spotlight away from this handful of hopefuls.

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Top 10 Tech News Stories of 2012

http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/306310/top-10-tech-news-stories-of-2012

Best Holiday apps

Here’s a webpage i fell upon during my  xmas vacation. Some fun apps to keep your mind busy while you relax during the holidays.

Happy New Year!

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2012/12/21/here-are-some-holiday-apps-to-save-your-day.aspx

Apps for hiccups?

As you guessed it,  i had the hiccups the other day that was seeming endless. It went on for an hour until i started to get worried and figured i need to relieve my misery. I drank water, held my breath, pinched my pinky – all the old traditional ways of getting rid of hiccups. Didn’t work, so i figured i would just check online and see if there was an actual app for this. And of course, there was! I found 1 for the IPhone and 1 for Android. I didn’t try them because by that time i ate a piece of pineapple and it solved my hiccup annoyance. But here u go in case you have hiccups and want a quick solution! 🙂

Android users

IPhone users

Microsoft Office 2013

Office 2013 will only be available by March of 2013 for full release. With many business and personal users starting to use Cloud services to store data, MO2013 now allows online collaboration and document storage. This is connected with the 365 online package that will come out later in the year. Office 365 is constantly updated, and it lets you run Office away from your main PC via an Office on Demand virtualization tool.  It costs $220 for Home & Business edition which adds Outlook, and the $400 Office 2013 Professional package has Publisher and Access. Not only are those prices a bit higher than for comparable versions of Office 2010, but they also cover just one installation.

One of Word’s most visible changes is a new “Read Mode”  that dispenses with the ribbon toolbar and lets you see documents as though they appeared within a printed book. In this mode, you can’t edit, but you do have access to find and search tools, so you can perform lookups related to highlighted content. Word also automatically bookmarks the page you were last on when you closed a document, and lets you return to that page when you reopen it. pcw_office2013_2_primary-100016069-large

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint no longer show a blank page at launch. Instead, a landing screen presents templates and other options for creating or reopening a document—that’s basically the screen you used to get when you wanted to open an existing document or create a new one from a template.A negative is that the license for the software can only be installed for one machine. There are alternatives but for now it locks  one pc at a time.

Remove apps in Win8

The traditional Add/Remove programs in control panel is still there, but there are some other ways to remove apps now from your OS. Check it out!

http://tinyhacker.com/hacks/how-to-remove-programs-and-apps-in-windows-8/

Nintendo Wii U

 

I haven’t bought or tried this system yet, but it looks very innovative and although it lacks improved games, they shine with a diverse console. Here’s a great review followed by a link on the best reviewed games for the Wii U.

Wii U Review: http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/18/3658130/nintendo-wii-u-review

Games Review: http://ca.ign.com/games/reviews/wii-u

 

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