Another of the 'new' technologies we'll see in 2011 that's technology we've seen in 2010 (or even 2009), done better is wireless charging.This is about as new as electricity itself; Tesla abandoned research on wireless power at the request of the power companies who couldn't work out how to charge for it (no pun intended).
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Simon Bisson is a freelance technology journalist. He specialises in architecture and enterprise IT. He ran one of the UK's first national ISPs and moved to writing around the time of the collapse of the first dotcom boom. He still writes code.
Mary Branscombe is a freelance tech journalist. Mary has been a technology writer for nearly two decades, covering everything from early versions of Windows and Office to the first smartphones, the arrival of the web and most things inbetween.
Plenty of the 'new' technology we'll see in 2011 is technology we've seen in 2010 (or even 2009), done better. There are some technologies we're excited about that just aren't ready for primetime.
Tron: Legacy was one of 2010's most anticipated movies, with a year or so's worth of teaser trailers and alternate reality games. We were lucky enough to get to a preview showing a couple of weeks ago, and it's one of those films that leaves you wondering about the technology its designers envisaged.
Microsoft is fed up of being told it's dead, dying, uncool, undead or whatever other insult you have in mind. Communications chief Frank Shaw started a #notdeadyet Twitter hashtag back in October to rebut some of the more egregious brickbats in articles and with kneejerk articles like this interview, you can't blame him.
Beyond the irony of Gawker releasing some of its own secrets for a change - or at least the emails and passwords of its users - are some sobering thoughts about how many of us are using weak and easily cracked passwords, or thinking up one strong password and using it everywhere because we can't manage to remember lots of strong passwords as well as where they're all for.
Adding System Centre support to Nokia business handsets as well as the Communicator client for Lync and SharePoint access makes Nokia a better business handset maker than just slapping QWERTY keyboards on their phones.
There's a problem with single vendor events: it's easy for them to become echo chambers with their own reality distortion fields that quickly leave you feeling you're at a religious revival. Now that may be my innate British journalist cynicism showing, but I certainly found the Cloudstock pre-conference event at this year's Salesforce.
It's been a few years now since Salesforce.com packed out a Sunnyvale hotel and introduced its Apex developer platform.
If you're looking for something that nails the idea of the netbook, Sony has pretty much the full range of approaches in the VAIO series (leaving out budget): basic (the W series), the lightest computer you can think of but with a decent-sized screen and keyboard (the X series) or small enough to slip into a handbag or the back pocket of your jeans (the P series).
I've recently been working with a couple of different cloud tools and services, and I'm starting to come to the conclusion that cloud platforms are now mature enough that small and medium businesses need to seriously consider using cloud services to replace some, or possibly all, of their core infrastructure.