Technology certainly delivered a shock and awe campaign thru the year. With both new and upgraded version of tech unveiled, 2009 saw some real greats as well as some questionable applications and hardware.
A great source to find out about the newest hardware and to chime in on the conversations about them has long been tech related USENET newsgroups. Here are some of the most notable tech hardware that ruled the USENET newsgroups discussions this year.
5) With the death of HD-DVD, Blu-Ray players made a strong presence in the tech scene. To truly capture the best picture available, Blu-Ray was it for 2009.
4) Flat screen televisions made more people talk in acronyms as they figured out whether an HD LED, LCD television with 1080 or 720p made better buying sense.
3) GPS devices continued in popularity and kind of makes you wonder: if everyone around you is getting detour instructions, how much of a short-cut does it really make it?
2) Both the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes and Noble Nook came out with impressive eBook readers. Almost out of a Dr. Who episode, these readers are lighter and more convenient than ever. So long books?
1) Its no surprise that the smart phone tops the list. Whether a fan of the iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile or Palm devices out there, Smart Phones in general dominated the tech world by storm throughout 2009 with no end in sight. 2010 should be even more interesting to see which ones will dominate and who may fall.
What are these technology newsgroups looking for in 2010? For starters, the Nexus, the second generation Google G1 phone will start the year off in new tech toys and Apple could follow closely behind revealing the Apple tablet. NetBooks are also becoming more of convenient solution for cloud computing. Google will be coming out with on Operating System, and Linux is getting easier than ever.
The best place to find out about where and how these technologies will surface and they entail is best found by getting on to USENET and browsing the thousands of newsgroups related to upcoming technologies.
Whatever they’ll be, we’ll be keeping a close eye as we look forward to exciting new year of tech toys and gadgets.