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Flip phones will make a comeback

January 22, 2013 Leave a comment

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Flip phones will make a comeback in mid 2014. Not sure if actual phones wil get released, but for sure, buzz for flip phones will make a come back. As I’ve drawn in the diagram above, flip phones will come in wedge shapes when closed, and very tall when opened. This will allow fo ultra wide smartphones that will give you extra screen real estate.

The phone will snap open and snap close like regular flip phones. Most likely Samsung and Sony will pursue this form factor first.

My prediction:

Proof of concepts will be shown mid 2014, actual release in late 2015 or first quarter 2016.

Blackberry 10 phones will overtake Windows Phone 8 in 2013

September 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Blackberry 10 will overtake Windows Phone 8 in marketshare in 2013

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WHAT: BLACKBERRY 10 WILL HAVE A BIGGER MARKET SHARE THAN WINDOWS PHONE 8
WHEN: IN TOTAL 2013
HOW: WITH BB10 AND BB10 PHONES
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Don’t believe the hype that Blackberry is already a dead company, it might be cool to dislike Blackberry like they’re Nickelback but the fact remains that the Blackberry brand is stronger than Windows Phone. People do want Blackberry’s, but the only problem is that RIM hasn’t provided the user base with any viable upgrades. I do feel, however, that 1 in 6 people that you know will own a Blackberry device again by the end of 2013. Rim will outsell Microsoft and perhaps even own a larger marketshare by the end of 2013.

The next iPhone will be called iPhone 6

February 25, 2012 1 comment

The next iPhone will be a 6, not a 5.

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WHAT: NEXT IPHONE IS AN IPHONE 6 NOT A 5
WHEN: FALL 2012 (THIS YEAR)
HOW: WITH THE NEW IPHONE
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Call it a gut feeling, but it only makes sense that the next iPhone will be called an iPhone 6 not a 5. Plain logic suggests it will be called iPhone 6. Let’s back up and think about this, when the late CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in June 2007, that was the original iPhone, thus iPhone 1—let’s take a look at the timeline.

iPhone (iPhone 1)
iPhone 3G (iPhone 2)
iPhone 3GS (iPhone 3)
iPhone 4 (iPhone 4)
iPhone 4S (iPhone 5)
iPhone 6? (iPhone 6, the next logical number)

At the moment we still don’t know what Apple considers the iPhone 4S to be, it could just disrupt the progression and really be a 4.5. Or if they consider it an actual iPhone 5, then the next logical name would be iPhone 6.

Summary:
-Next iPhone released in 2012 will be called iPhone 6 and not 5

Web 3.0 will be magazine-like.

February 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Websites will have 'magazine-like' layouts in 3 years


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WHAT: The World Wide Web
WHEN: 2015 (3 years from today’s date)
HOW: With tablet computing
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With the rise of tablet computing. And with the potential of touch screen laptops. The web is indeed in need of a complete redesign and fresh thinking. Like my rendered image from above, most major websites will have a complete redesign in 3 years. Current websites are designed for the mouse, a pointer/clicker interface. But with touch becoming the standard, websites will need to change.

But what kind of layout would be necessary? The answer is a magazine-like layout. A magazine has already been proven. It works, it has the perfect spacing, it’s easy to read, easy to work, humanity have been using this layout for the past century, a magazine just speaks to a human.

With new web technologies rising, it’s safe to say that one day we will also be able to ‘flip’ a page of a website to go to the next or previous page. The goal is to make the web ‘as human as possible’, something everybody would understand and know how to use, a universal web that is easy to navigate and speaks to any race, any human, regardless of whether they never used the internet before.

The term web 3.0 will eventually arise maybe a year after the first magazine-like webpage goes public.

Summary:
-Websites will get a magazine-like layout
-Will be able to ‘flip’ webpages like magazines to get to the next/previous page
-Web 3.0 moniker will rise a year after the first magazine-layout website goes public

Apple will get rid of the 30-pin connector

June 11, 2010 4 comments

30 pin connector for iDevices

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WHAT: APPLE WILL REPLACE THE 30 PIN CONNECTOR
WHEN: FALL 2012 (2 years from todays date)
HOW: With Fall 2012 iPhone

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**EDIT August 7, 2013
This article has been archived on our new blog The Alpha Build**

**For those of you that don’t know what a 30-Pin dock connector is, it’s the white USB cable that Apple provides along your purchase of iPods, iPhones, and iPads.**

With the iphone slimming down and essentially adding new hardware every year, something has to give. Apple has already made some compromises with the new iPhone 4 by welding the front glass to the screen, and repositioning the cell radio and placing them on the ‘seams/lines’ on the outer aluminum (very un-apple like) to make more room internally.

The 30-Pin connecter saw the rise and fall of the Motorola Razr, it’s that old. Sure, the cable connector at the time was high end, compact and small, but for today’s standards with our mini USB and mini HDMI (TYPE-C) cables, the 30-Pin connector is looking quite quaint, and I think Apple knows this as well. I’m guessing the new cable will be small, but not thin like the mini HDMI-TYPE C cables. The reason being is that people will have a harder time docking their iphones to their table dock or car dock if the port is too small. So the new cable will most likely keep the same width of the current 30-Pin connector, but the length will be drastically reduced, probably to the same dimensions as the mini usb’s we see today.

Summary:
-Apple will replace the 30-Pin connector
-The new cable will be introduced with Fall 2012 iPhone
-The new cable will keep the same width, but the length will be reduced to the size of mini USB’s we see today.

About me, my blog, & my tech predictions.

June 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Hi everyone, this is my first post on this blog. I thought It would be nice to know where I’m coming from and why I post what I post. This is a blog which I will be updating regularly based on where I think technology will be heading in the next couple of years.

I’m just your average everyday nerd that loves technology. I wake up to read about tech, I eat breakfast and read about tech, lunch with tech, dinner with tech and before I go to sleep, I read about tech. I’ve started to love tech after I purchased my first PDA (personal digital assistant) the Sony ClieNX90. That’s when I started predicting where technology will be in certain amount of years. To my surprise, my tech predictions were bang-on accurate; I.E) I predicted that the Playstation 3 would come out on the month I graduate from highschool, which it did. In 2004 I predicted OLED will go mainstream within 5 years, which it did, and remember that 2004 was the Motorola RAZR fad, and you know how LCD’s where back then, not so good. In the years when thin clamshell/slider phones where all the rage, I predicted that smartphones will be dominant in the not-so-distant future. Everyone thought I was nuts when I was using my fat Treo 650 compared to everyone, and I mean EVERYONES Razr.

Now the articles I will write on this blog are just my ‘predictions’ of what the future holds for technology. I am in no way an industry analyst. I’m just your everyday tech enthusiast that reads, breaths and owns tech. So please do not hold off from buying your new laptop because of what I said.

Why start a blog now? Well, back in the day, being the only tech savvy person of all my friends is a common thing. With the advent of blogs, social networking & lower cost consumer tech, I feel it’s the right time to start a blog.
Plus the evolution of technology wasn’t as fast as it is today, so whenever I did predict something, say, five years ago, no one would give it a second thought because 1) they didn’t care, and 2) my predictions would be so insurmountable because it’s unheard of.

That’s my story, I hope you enjoy reading about my tech predictions.
~David Ngo

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