Summarizing media predictions for CES

Jan 7, 2010
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Tablets, apps and a technological shot in the arm for the economy at large are all among the biggest predictions for what to expect at the Computer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas.  Even though we are weeks away from the unveiling of Apple’s iSlate, the tablet category of personal and portable computing is […]

Tablets, apps and a technological shot in the arm for the economy at large are all among the biggest predictions for what to expect at the Computer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas. 

Even though we are weeks away from the unveiling of Apple’s iSlate, the tablet category of personal and portable computing is far and away the hottest topic talked and written about heading into the four day CES showcase of state-of-the-art technological devices. 

While, as MarketWatch puts it, Apple’s leak of a January 27th unveiling of the iSlate is “stealing the thunder” from CES, tablet computers from the likes of Microsoft/HP and Lenovo will attract the headlines. It helps, of course, that no other than Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will reportedly make the personal pitch announcing Microsoft’s entry into the tablet space during a CES keynote address. 

Even without participating, Apple will have a profound impact on everything that occurs at at CES. Just look at AT&T. While the company has enjoyed exclusivity as an iPhone purveyor, there are rumblings that an alliance between Apple and Verizon for the iSlate will eventually lead to a deal for the iPhone as well. This is causing Apple to diversify its own agreements. Expect Android-based smart phones – with access to 20,000 and counting apps from the Android marketplace – as well as two Palm OS phones to be carried by AT&T in the months ahead. 

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The struggling economy is not having a negative impact on attendance or enthusiasm at CES. In fact, the tech space is where its at in the opening weeks of the new decade. As The Wall Street Journal reports, research firm Gartner Inc. is forecasting $3.3 trillion spent on information technology in 2010. After a sharp contract last year, the arrow is definitely pointing up in this space. 

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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