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2012 Predictions

So, the end of 2011 is almost here, and 2012 will soon be here. So, what do I think will happen in 2012? This is my predictions for 2012, and some will be ridiculous, but others may make sense. I will also divide my predictions into groups.

Pittsburgh Local

Port Authority to try to stay in the black will do things to upset many people. Bus fare will go up, and service will go down. In addition, the fare system will be streamlined to make it easier. All standard bus routes will be in 1 fare price rather than possibly two. This will increase the base fare to $2.75 (mid point between the two zone prices), and will keep transfers at $1 for a 3 hour period. Services will also drop. Bus routes now not offering Sunday/Holiday service will also loose Saturday service. Express, Rapid Buses, and Subways will have a 75¢ surcharge. In addition, there will be the use of a magnetic card/cash combination. The card will replace bus passes, and will eliminate transfers requiring the rider to use the card if they will want to have transfers. A card will be keyed to a particular person, and therefore provide for half fare transit for disabled which will also require a photo on the card.

Apple

Apple will release the iPhone 5. It will have a new shape, but I don’t see the screen going above 4”. Even with the license spectrum that T-Mobile has with AT&T, I don’t see it coming to T-Mobile, unless Apple produces an iPhone supporting all of the HSPA+ bands. Unless Sprint abandons WiMax (therefore pissing off current 4G phone owners), or Light Square comes in as a White Label LTE provider, Apple will not go to 4G. They will still stay with a 64GB max capacity.

Apple will release a Macbook Air 15” model, and drop prices on the other two models. I could see the 11” going to $800. The 11” will still lack a SD card reader – however the 13, and 15 inch models will have one. The Mac Book Pro will be dropped, and the iMacs will get a refresh. I can also see another virus hitting Apple Mac OS lines.

The iPod Shuffle – dropped. The iPod Nano – price reduced, and runs a minimal version of iOS. Don’t expect a robust app store compatibility. iPod Touch will be the flag ship, and the Classic will be changed to support SSD rather than a mechanical hard drive. This will drop prices in SSDs and make it more attractive to the end users. I could see SSD prices hitting $1/GB because of this.

Apple will release a television. This television will have integrated access to the iTunes Store, will have a cable card adapter and support for 4 simultaneous channels. It will have a camera for FaceTime, PiP, and a power button. The power button will be out of sight, and will rely on an iOS device as a remote control. Remote control will take the form of wifi, and LAN access with UID authentication for controlling individual TVs. They will come in 36”, 40” and 50” models, and will cost 75% more than a lower high end TV. It will be pretty, but will not sell.

Google

Google will continue to offer free GTalk calling services, and I could see them considering to going into SIP, however this may not seem to be likely. I will like to hope that they would have done something with the 2 year Gizmo Acquisition and at least offer +883 support. I could also see Google offering better URLs for their Google Plus Service, and with the increasing adoption of Android devices, this service will increase by default. I don’t see many people using the service though. Android 4.0 will be a success, but only for the devices that have it. Manufacturers and carriers will continue to drag their feet on updates, and one my only expect an upgrade to 1 platform even if there can be support. So all phone originally with 2.2 will not get 4.0.

In the end, Google will continue to have dominance, but will start to stagnant. Google will also most likely sell the Motorola acquisition they possessed but of course keep the patents to use to protect Android. As for the Android OS, it will start to off branch into other areas. It will be reasonable to see the OS running cars, homes, and little tiny Androids. Non Approved devices will still not get the Market, or other Google Integrated Services instead – companies will continue to offer their own store with paranoids like me not opting to use them. Instead, people will get the Amazon App Store – therefore will be a serious competitor to Google.

Internet

A major company will acquire its own TLD (example IBM acquires .ibm). GoDaddy will suffer in 2012 as many small consumers who knew of their support for SOPA will alienate consumers, and they will change close to the expiration dates. TelNIC will continue to not have a widespread adoption and will only be used by people who want a contact page, or knows the full potential.

There will be another major security issue that happens on the Internet. In addition, a US infrastructure system will be targeted via the Internet. I also see something coming into public light that accuses the United States having committed a cyber attack on an unfriendly country.

Verizon will make a deal with Comcast. They will take Comcast’s wireless spectrum, and offer the network to allow Comcast to offer a “Quad” Play package – adding mobile into their deals. However, Verizon will stagnant on expanding their FiOS markets, and eventually stop taking customers. Instead, they will recommend Comcast. Comcast’s prices will rise. Ala’ Cart Television will still be a consumer’s dream.

Netflix will face a serious competitor either in Amazon, or Apple. They will not offer DVD rentals, but offer streaming services for less than Netflix.

Microsoft

Windows 8 will integrate better with the gaming and mobile platform. The design will cater to those using those systems, and newbies, but will isolate the long time Windows 95+ users who have been familiar with the Start Menu and task bar. Microsoft will unify their OSes, and line ups. One might see Windows Game, Windows Mobile, Windows Home, and Windows Professional with the version starting at 8 for everything. Game will be the XBox platform on a new XBox system.

Technology

The rise of prices in mechanical hard drives will stagnant in the second quarter. About this time, I could see prices of SSDs dropping. They will be higher than the price of mechanical hard drives, but at $1 per GB which is what I will assume the price to be eventually will drop the prices to where it will be reasonable for most people. Thin notebooks will start having SSDs as an option. End of the year, I will suspect a low end PC to have a 120GB SSD (PC less than $500).

Tablets will take a center stage, and will try to replace PCs. In some people who are just using it to consume media, this will become an option. For people that create content, the tablet will serve secondary. Smart phones will rise with the major players being Android, and iOS. Windows Phone will stagnant at 15-20%, and RIM will fall to 10%. If they don’t have a game changing lineup of phones, they will declare bankruptcy or seek a buyer.

SIP will start to gain more attraction for people needing or wanting a home phone. One might even see a consumer grade cordless telephone that will connect into both an RJ11 and RJ45 jack. This will hit brick and mortar stores, and will carry an attraction niche such as cheap phone service. One company once keeping their SIP services behind walls (such as Vonage, or NetTalk) will open it up allowing people to not have to buy their router.

Wireless

Republic Wireless will go out of BETA and will have better integration with Google Voice. This might actually help convince Google Voice to accept +883 adoption. T-Mobile will declare bankruptcy, and Deutsche Telekom will simply just abandon them. Without the sufficient subscriber base, and the bankruptcy news, they will start to bleed customers. This will drive higher prices of current cellular plans. VMNOs such as Cricket, or Virgin Mobile will reap the benefits of T-Mobile’s wounds.

World – America

Canada will loose RIM to a bankruptcy, or company buyout as their market share in the mobile space drops below 10%. The United States will re-elect Barack Obama unless the majority of the population will blame him for another hit in the financial market. If this Ron Paul or Mitt Romney will be elected. Housing and Urban Development which provides financial assistance to low income families will offer a program for long term recipients to provide a similar home/condo to where they will provide for a 10 year assistance payment on a mortgage. This will only apply to recipients of 10+ years with no landlord complaints of non-payments.

No changes in other parts of America with the exception of Mexico. I could see a very public assassination of a government figure by the cartels. I also see a mass murder spilling over on the US side of the border. This will involve the US to go into Mexico on the blessing of the Mexican Government to either use Special Ops forces, or drones to strike cartel gangs.

World – Asia

Having seen that Capitalism has “failed”, the youth will seek to try to bring Communism back to Russia for hopes of jobs, and meeting the basic needs. Russian/US relations will falter, but there will not be a cold war attitude. The nuclear armistice will still allow the US to help Russia get find and dismantle their nuclear arsenal as agreed with.

Having lost their long time great leader, North Korea’s successor will flex its muscles by “test” launching flag ship nuclear ready ICBMs. There will also be rumors that South Korea will be invaded by North Korea. China will have to step in to try to make things better at least in regards to North Korea.

World – Middle East

Iraq since our departure in late 2011 will fall into a Civil War, and there will be concerns of Iraq splitting into two or even 3 separate countries. However, Iraq will remain 1 country. Talks between Palestine and Israel will be in the final stages, but Hamas must not be allowed in power. In addition, a successful cease fire will have to take place with both sides. Country lines will be mostly Israeli based, but some adjustments from there.

Confirmation that Iran has a nuclear weapons program will become apparent. The United States will still have a strong presence in Afghanistan, however there will be considerations of pulling out. Pakistan will tighten permissions to use their border in efforts to get more financial aide.

Google Voice + SIP + Smart Phone = Finally

Google Voice is a great service. It allows you to have 1 telephone number and ring multiple lines. However, Google Voice had lacked a few features that made it crucial. One was local number portability. Next is SIP services, and better call management. Last is MMS. Well, this post addresses a couple of the issues, and will hopefully make life easier for some. There are some things you would need to take advantage of every features.

  • An Android, iOS, or RIM smart phone.
  • An ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter), or SIP phone.
  • A broadband connection (excluding satellite and Wimax).
  • A major credit card.

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Near Perfect Phone System

In today’s world – many people have more than one telephone number. There’s home, cell, work, and maybe even a work cell. And if someone travels, there’s even more numbers if they go to other countries. Let’s face it, International roaming is terrible no matter the carrier.

Top off the fact that while cell phones themselves are advanced, the service options they are attached too usually is not. I know one problem I used to have was anonymous calls, and still would have otherwise got them. However, on a cell phone – there is no ACR (Anonymous Call Rejection). This isn’t a problem with the phone, but the carrier. And of course, there is the problem of multiple phone numbers and in some cases, multiple countries. How do people ever reach someone now becomes a game of telephone tag. I think I may have the near perfect solution.

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RIM PlayBook – Promising, but Not Perfect

There have been rumors about the Blackpad and RIM even acquired blackpad.com for whatever the reason. However, earlier today – RIM announce the plans for a multi-media slate style tablet. This tablet features a 1Ghz CPU, and 1GB of Ram which puts the standard 624Mhz with 256MB of memory that most of the newer RIM devices have to shame.

It has even been touted as the iPad killer for business users. So, why don’t I see this as perfect, or even marketable as perfect? Well, first – when tech blogs are touting this as the iPad killer for business users, that right there is the big problem. However, what I feel as the other problems is completely RIM’s fault.

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Cricket Might Get a Smart Phone or Two

While Cricket is already doing this, their lineup of phones are never good. Even in a practical stand point, those who wanted a good smart phone simply didn’t go to companies like Cricket. The reason of why is simple, and that they don’t have any. You might find a couple of phones with QWERTY keyboards, but there are a number of phones with that.

However, sometime in June, or July of 2010, Cricket should be getting the Kyocera Zio which is an Android 1.6 phone. Beta models seemed to be slow and sluggish with the interface, but for people that would want a smart phone without dealing with a contract, or higher prices may consider this option.

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RIM Might Be Giving In to Touch Screen.

Original Article ( http://fsp.tw/24 )

RIM, the makers of Blackberry might be coming out with OS 6.0 which would be an upgrade most likely for all of the 9xxx series phones like the 9000, 96xx, 95xx, and 9700. There are a number of features that seem to otherwise keep RIM from being stronger in the Smart Phone market. Of course, RIM is still a superb platform, but when people want to make the most of the phone’s size, and capabilities – this is where RIM has lacked.

One of the things that have seem to be famous for RIM was QWERTY keyboards targeting ½ QWERTY (Sure Type) keyboards for consumers. However as consumers focused their desires on models like the 83×0, 9000, and now the 9700 – it would seem as they would be pulling back on ½ QWERTY, at least for a physical keyboard.

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The Most Expensive Body Part is the Palm

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Yesterday, it was announced that Palm (yes the Treo guys) is putting themselves up for sale for $1.6Billion. The failure of WebOS despite its efforts, and very capable OS has failed to get the attention, and revenue it needed. It went to the point where the Pre – being the flagship of Palm is now being sold by Verizon for less than $100, and a buy one, get one free on a two year contract. This is the phone that used to command $300 or more less than a year ago. But what should Palm expect when they get people excited only to make them wait for almost a year with no word.

So, a couple of companies were looking at the possible purchase of Palm. Some decided against it, and some are still considering. Dell decided against it, feeling it is not worth the price tag. However, here are some companies that should consider it.

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I May Get Some Air, but Not Holding My Breath.

Finally, Adobe is expecting to provide Flash, and Air to Android and RIM devices sometime this year. I have been hearing this promise for a year now, but it was noted again in the Mobile World Conference in Spain. And I feel this would do well, but I have some questions about whether it is too little too late.

Now, I am all for making my smart phone smarter, but there could be some things to consider. While looking into the Adobe’s web site, it is noted that Flash (the editor, and not the player) is going to be required to create Air apps. This could deter people who are trying to create apps for the phone, but on a tight budget – especially since it requires a minimum of a 1Ghz with 32 bit support, and a $700 price tag for Flash. Since most OSes coming out are 64 bit, is Flash going to support the new systems, and if not – that means trying to find a new computer with a 32 bit OS.

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Boost + RIM 8330 = $60

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On January 13, Boost Mobile would start phasing out iDen, and going to it’s parent company’s CDMA service. In addition to not compete with Sprint, and to keep the unlimited services around, a limited few handsets would be made available.

Out of them, the most impressive one would be a $250 RIM Blackberry 8330. The 8330 is currently available on both Sprint and Verizon, and a few of them are world phones which means there is a GSM SIM slot within the phone. However, I personally do not think that this is on the 8330.

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I just hate to make sacrifices

OK, after a bit of research, it would seem as if the 95xx from RIM would go again exclusively to Verizon. Maybe, a 9520 would go to AT&T, but for some reason – no RIM Touch screen phone for T-Mobile. This a bit of a shame as I was hoping for such.

Now, I am forced to have to be prepared to make a decision on my future that would not have everything I need and want. With the possibility of a $50 everything plan coming to T-Mobile, UMA will not be as important since most areas I go to has cellular coverage. However, UMA is still valuable. So, I would have to decide which of the two phone I would want.

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