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REIQ Journal : February 2010
ME174941_AI GBF1- QLD. pdf Page 1 Thu 07/ 01/ 2010, 4: 49 PM 2009 saw a plethora of smart-phones, laptops and software introduced into the mainstream arena, which kept even the most technology-savvy on their toes. And the rise of social media changed the way companies and individuals communicated. TEChnoloGy IS In a state of constant change, simplifying yet complicating our lives and with new features and services being constantly released it’s becoming harder to keep up with the innovations. So, what does technology hold for us in 2010? Microsoft Office 2010 The 2010 suite will feature a built-in screen capture tool, background removal features, a protected document mode, new templates and permissions and a newly designed "Office" button. The "ribbon" template, new to the 2007 version, will also be refined, with a universal interface to appear in all the suite's programs. The release of the suite will also coincide with the introduction of Office Web Apps, online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and One Note, designed to compete with Google's free offerings. Mobile phone advances With the introduction of more and more applications and services, the once humble mobile has now become a one- stop device for everyday life. The rise of 3G networks changed the face of the mobile industry; now 4G networks are the next frontier. This new network will be essentially be the same – just much, much faster - opening the way for mobile video conferencing and high-definition viewing. Also in 2010, Apple is tipped to release the iphone 4.0 at its World Wide Developer’s Conference in June. The model is expected to include a new casing design, an OLED screen, a camera on the phone’s front to include video-conferencing, increased memory and possibly a removable battery. Web 3.0 The last decade brought us Web 2.0 defined by social networking, user-generated content and new ways of communicating. 2010 and the years following will see demand for useful applications and usable online tools grow exponentially and thus begins the dawn of the third generation of the web. Web 3.0 has already been coined the “intelligent web” with expected enhanced browsing and search capabilities, the next level of online networking and a change in the way websites are built. Social media 2009 saw the explosion of social media with record numbers signing-up to networking sites. In 2010, social networks will spread further in the workplace, taking collaboration to a new level. As the lines between professional and personal communications become increasingly blurred, enterprise- grade versions of sites such as Facebook and Twitter will begin to be as common as email and will change the way business is conducted. As a result, the decision-making process will be accelerated, customers will receive immediate answers, and consumers will be more empowered than ever. Top 10 tech trends for 2010 By Shonay Waters, Editor, REIQ Journal REIQ Journal February 2010 47 Technology Update Technology Update
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