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Future Trends

The future is unknown. Well almost. For the next couple years, we can map the basic trends for technology growth. The current technology we have today will only get better and more sophisticated to meet the demands of the consumer. Ease of use has been driving technology, one great example of which is wireless technology. It has made information access and usability of computers and mobile devices so easy that consumers cannot get enough. This also applies to just about every device and technology we discuss in this book.

Mobile Devices

New devices and high-speed access technologies will allow more people to go online for less than it has cost in the past. Technology will invade every segment of society, and for those who cannot afford it, free portals will be available—such as libraries and schools—to meet the demand. The ways people use these devices will change how PCs are used. Mobility and ease of use will be the key factors in adoption by a larger portion of the population. Things once done on a PC and Web browser, such as stock quotes, auction bids, instant messaging, shopping, and information lookup, will be ported to other devices.


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