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Ten Tech Trends for 2010

If Twitter, sexting, apps and e-readers were the tech buzz words of 2009, what can we expect from the year about to begin?

Well, one thing we know for certain, technology never slows down. Whatever gadgets we have now will most likely be out-of-date by the time December 31, 2010 comes around, replaced by faster and smarter devices that take up even less space than their predecessors. (Unless we are talking about TVs of course!)

So what can we look forward to in 2010? What are the trends that will shape our future technology experiences?

Rubbing her crystal ball, here are ten things that The Online Mom expects – and in some cases hopes – to see happen in the next twelve months.

Apple's iSlate arrives
Apple will finally release its much-anticipated Tablet PC. Part netbook, part e-reader, part media center, the iSlate (or whatever name is ultimately chosen) will become an immediate hit, with over 10 million devices sold within the first twelve months.  

Google keeps on rocking
Google will continue to push the boundaries of what's possible in technology, astounding us and making us just a little queasy all at the same time! After the amazing Street View and Goggles, Google will roll-out workable applications for voice search, and real-time voice translation.

Schools to teach Internet safety
After the successful introduction of Internet safety and cyber awareness programs into the school curriculum in the UK and elsewhere, the Department of Education will take steps to introduce similar programs in the U.S. Expect independent schools to lead the way.

Droid to challenge the iPhone
With an increasing number of apps, a range of great accessories, and the benefit of the superior Verizon network, Motorola's Droid smartphone will take off and become a serious challenger to the iPhone. Google will also make a large dent in Apple's market share with its upcoming Nexus One phone.

Facebook's growth to slow
Having passed 100 million users in November of 2009, Facebook's U.S. growth will start to slow. Many college students and high school seniors are already cutting back on their Facebook time or giving the site up altogether, as the hours spent on updates seriously eat into study time. Expect others to follow, as the site matures towards a family album/scrapbook-style environment.

E-books to go multi-platform
Despite the best efforts of Amazon (Kindle) and Barnes & Noble (Nook) to produce the device for downloading and reading e-books, the literary world will refuse to go the way of music and allow one manufacturer/service provider to dominate. Google will eventually sort out the copyright issues delaying its scanning project, Apple will introduce the iSlate (see above), and electronic books will be read on every device from cell phones to desktop computers.

Star Trek Online
Star Trek Online, a massively multiplayer online game (MMOG), will be released for the PC by Cryptic Studios. Expect an immediate hit, as Trekkies explore the galaxy, defend their bases, and play their favorite characters from the hugely popular TV and movie franchise.

Networked everything
From cameras to TVs to music players, everything will be networked, allowing instant upload and download and presenting a whole new set of challenges for anxious parents.

Welcome to Life-casting
Not content with producing "static" YouTube videos of past events that require uploading on one side and downloading on the other, kids will turn to services like Qik.com for "life-casting", real-time video streaming to friends and family from anywhere just using a cell phone.

Teens get smart about sexting
We can only hope!

Have a healthy and happy New Year!
The Online Mom

Comment by Robyn's Online World, posted 1/7/2010, 12:22 AM:

Great list! I do hope you are right about schools jumping in - and doing it the right way. My son just went back to public school this week (we have been homeschooling) and he is sadly disappointed that he doesn't have any computer classes even (they do use them sometimes in some classes - but not actual computer related classes). I was shocked when he told me that - shouldn't all schools be fully utilizing computers at this point?
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