Will 2013 see robot cars on our roads? The future is closer than you think, especially with the advances in technology pioneered by the likes of Google.
500 words into the future
Unapologetically opinionated views on technology, in the office and out
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.
We've all become dependent on connectivity and computation, turning us into tablet- and smartphone-toting cyborgs. How will this trend evolve in 2013?
Analyst Mark Anderson has a good record for technology predictions; here's what he says about 2013 — and where we agree and disagree.
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Windows 8 isn't two operating systems in one. It's one operating system that you can use in various ways, depending on your PC hardware.
If at first you don't succeed, why not try the lazy way out? It could turn out to be a better solution for everyone.
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It's all change at Redmond, with Julie Larson-Green taking over as Windows chief from Steven Sinofsky. But the underlying shifts at Microsoft run far deeper and will have a profound impact on the next decade of Windows.
Anyone can buy a Surface but in many ways this tablet is a device designed for Microsoft's own employees.
The reviews may be in, but what's it really like to use a Surface tablet as part of your workaday toolkit?