Analyst Opinion – While many of us are consumed by Apple’s WWDC 2008, we have to remind ourselves that there is another big (actually bigger) event going on Microsoft’s TechEd. In many ways, these two conferences define both companies and reveal how different they actually are: TechEd is for IT buyers and Apple’s conference is focused on developers. Microsoft has about 10,000 attending its event Apple reports about 5,000 at their event both numbers are impressively large.
The Apple WWDC 2008 rumor mill gets one final spin Monday morning with
Steve Jobs expected to reveal several new products during his opening
day keynote. Despite the fact that Apple has said zilch about a 3G
iPhone the device is a sure bet, but there have been speculations about
a new operating system, new iPods, a UMPC/MID and possibly new
displays. TG Daily will report from WWDC 2008 and took a thorough look
at what new products are likely to surface at the conference.
Market Scan – It has been about four months since Toshiba decided to
shut down its HD DVD format and so far, consumers have seen Blu-ray
player prices on the rise. However, June is the very first month in
which we observed a decrease in average retail prices of Blu-ray player
prices. As stores are clearing out their inventory for BonusView and
BD-Live players, this may be the very first time we could describe
Blu-ray as becoming affordable.
Analyst Opinion - The current Computex tradeshow means that almost half
this year is over. Time to look at what technology trends this year has
brought so far and draw some conclusions. There are major changes in
spending patterns that may impact not only in the short term, but in
the long term as well. Here are my top 5 for 2008 so far.
BMW’s Hydrogen 7 sedan may still be a few years away, but if you just
can’t wait and have the necessary cash on hand, you may be able to buy
a hydrogen car later this year. Ronn Motors has begun accepting orders
for its Scorpion sports car, which, according to its manufacturer, will
be able produce hydrogen on-demand from an on-board water tank.
Southern California Edison (SCE) has signed a contract with eSolar to
construct solar power plants with a total capacity of 245 MW by 2013.
Scientists from Carnegie Mellon University claim to have found a way to
predict brain activity when someone thinks about specific words. So
far, the catalog of words supported by the technology is limited to
only 60 words. However, the simple fact that computers are able to
detect thoughts based on words not only offers new opportunities in
research such as thought disorders, but put the meaning of Big Brother
into whole new category.