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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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  • Tablets (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Sonny Yatsen (603655) * on Thursday December 30, 2010 @02:11PM (#34712774) Journal

    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 (Score:5, Insightful)

      by RapmasterT (787426) on Thursday December 30, 2010 @02:16PM (#34712834)
      Yes. Otherwise the list of things to anticipate in 2011 would be much shorter.
    • by WED Fan (911325)
      A huge list of Meh. 80% will be non-starter or failures on Tech Fails of 2011.
  • No Nintendo 3DS? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Daverd (641119) on Thursday December 30, 2010 @02:12PM (#34712784) Homepage
    It promises 3D without glasses! That sounds way bigger to me than a slightly better smartphone.
    • 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.

      • Do you get the impression that the list might have been sponsored, with a couple of items thrown in to give it the illusion of ... for want of a better word... legitimacy? Although it doesn't really feel right to associate the word legitimate to any list like this.
    • by OzPhIsH (560038)
      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.
      • by EdZ (755139)
        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.
        • Disappointed? That's nothing new. We were promised a revolution - pah! - with the n-gage and what did we get? A taco.
  • my iphone is my camcorder

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

    • 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.

  • by tacroy (813477) on Thursday December 30, 2010 @02:14PM (#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!
    • 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.

      • by tacroy (813477)
        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.
    • 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 clumsi

    • WebOS? Yawn. See my sig.

      • by tacroy (813477)
        Heh, webOS can be rooted by just turning on dev mode (just type in the konami code and press the "dev mode on" toggle) And palm not only SUPPORTS homebrew they actually paid to have the lead homebrew developer flown to the dev day as a keynote speaker.
        • Well that's nice, and I see you can now run native Linux apps on WebOS (as long as they don't need an X desktop environment), but WebOS is mostly closed source, while Maemo is mostly open-source and its successor, MeeGo, is 100% FOSS.

  • by swanzilla (1458281) on Thursday December 30, 2010 @02:16PM (#34712838) Homepage
    I hope 2011 will bring us the technology to load twelve items on a single page.
    • 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.
    • by JustinOpinion (1246824) on Thursday December 30, 2010 @02:47PM (#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".
    • by Nadaka (224565)

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

  • by verbatim (18390) on Thursday December 30, 2010 @02:18PM (#34712862) Homepage

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

    • by hedwards (940851)
      I was disappointed that it wasn't included. Perhaps they've been bitten and are now shy.
  • I know it doesn't qualify as 'tech', but I thought of this [wikipedia.org] immediately.

    "with an expected release date of 2011" :]
  • 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.
    • by Tumbleweed (3706) *

      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

      • by Nadaka (224565)

        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.

        • by Tumbleweed (3706) *

          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

    • by hedwards (940851)
      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.
      • 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).
        • 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....

          • Yes I'm trying to insinuate that white iPhones are for liberal arts degree faggots that don't like pussy. Genius.
        • by mcgrew (92797) *

          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?

          Probably. I'm immune to Steve's field, but there are a couple of women who can get me to do damned near anything.

  • Depressing (Score:4, Insightful)

    by javelinco (652113) on Thursday December 30, 2010 @02:19PM (#34712878) Journal
    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.
    • by mlts (1038732) *

      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

      • You sure put a high bar up for next year. I'm just looking for the Higgs Boson. That'll be enough.
      • I too read the list and thought, "So there will be mobile devices and multimedia applications in 2011? I could never have guessed!"

        I'm hoping for a few more game-changing developments, though I have no idea how many might arrive in a useful form within the next 12 months. For example:

        • One or more open, secure, distributed social networks could take off.
        • Someone might release an "open" smartphone platform, providing good hardware and standard APIs but letting developers build the rest of the UI and consumers
    • by mcgrew (92797) *

      It's the year of Linux on the flying car!

  • Especially super crappy ad heavy or flash based ones.
  • OMFG, I just have to have it in white! When will Steve Jobs figure out how to make white plastic?
  • by DarkOx (621550) on Thursday December 30, 2010 @02:24PM (#34712936) Journal

    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.

    • by mlts (1038732) * on Thursday December 30, 2010 @02:37PM (#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.

      • by DarkOx (621550)

        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.

      • by Kjella (173770)

        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 wil

        • by Nadaka (224565)

          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.

    • by rrohbeck (944847)

      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.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Huh. They forgot to mention it.

  • 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.

  • by rossdee (243626) on Thursday December 30, 2010 @02:46PM (#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

    • 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.

    • There's already a handwarming app [tuaw.com].

      With dual cores it will just have to add that many more digits to the pi computation I guess.

  • 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.

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

    • by Domint (1111399)
      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?
      • by Rockoon (1252108)
        I think the idea is that magazine-hulu would deliver a queue of new articles from magazines the user subscribes to.

        Its the reason I use hulu. It queues up new episodes of shows I subscribe to.
        • That's what RSS is for. It queues up web pages for you.

          • by Rockoon (1252108)
            Yeah, because every magazine has RSS feeds for articles... oh wait.. nearly all of them don't.

            The first Magazine I looked at (Card Player) only has an RSS feed for news items. Most of the articles are only available to subscribers, while the RSS feed only covers stuff available to everyone (essentially.. their in-house blogger crap)
  • So turning a software free market into another Apple walled garden is an advantage? Maybe they should call it "Apple Genuine Advantage."

    • While I've rarely been so unexcited about an Apple release, it isn't supplanting the ability to put anything I want on a Mac. Heck, Apple supplies free dev tools with each Mac; I can make sure mine always has non-Apple-approved software on it (with my own bugs, too!).

  • by Junta (36770) on Thursday December 30, 2010 @03:11PM (#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.

    • 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.

      One of the more interesting things about it is that you develop on it using Adobe Air, instead of the traditional Blackberry SDK.

      It'll be interesting to see if they manage a wave of developer support.

      Mac app store, please don't be *eager* for

      • by Junta (36770)

        One of the more interesting things about it is that you develop on it using Adobe Air, instead of the traditional Blackberry SDK.

        I suppose that could be interesting for them. I wonder if Adobe has their game together on mobile devices yet, the time from initial promise of flash first appearing on devices to first time it actually appeared was a long time. The company can't even consistently deliver a 64-bit build alongside their 32-bit build. It gives me some doubts about their ability to maintain a lot of architectures and OSes (QNX, Linux w/ X, Android, WebOS Windows, OSX, x86, arm)

        But that's not what it's about. It's about a curated set of software that is all updated more automatically than current software. What's wrong with that?

        If it were like apt or yum where any organizati

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

  • by houghi (78078) on Thursday December 30, 2010 @04:44PM (#34714376)

    This list be used by posting it in December 2011 by just changing anticipated with overhyped.

  • by Khyber (864651)

    "Some are new, like the technology to bridge Wi-Fi, PowerLine, and Ethernet"

    Yea, sorry, we've had that for quite some time in software (tomato, DD-WRT, etc.) so a hardware version isn't unexpected, new, or really that anticipated.

  • From what Ive read seems like studios are dropping 3D releases of some movies due to the lower turnouts for 3D movies the last year. I am one of them people, avatar 3d was cool, but once movies like step-up 3D came out, it officially went from a technology back to a fad. Since I dont often sit and watch a movies in its entirety at home 3d glasses would be a pain. Put them on, take them off goto the kitchen, put them back on, them them off to look up someone on imdb, put them on, take them off let the cat in
  • Haven't we have enough "next big things" (that often weren't so hot after all... with tiny screens to squint at, etc.), already?

    Let's focus a moment on UK's freezing weather, AU's flooding in Queensland, & USA's Eastern Seaboard - to name a few spots with "Climate Change" screaming at us...

    Let's push for & (and, when we get the happy chance to...) ...buy Electric Cars in 2011 or ASAP.

    Bumper-Sticker Idea: " Next year in an All Electric car! "

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